Today In Hip Hop: The Game Drops “LAX” Album

2008: West Coast rapper The Game dropped his third album LAX on Aug. 26, 2008.

Coming off a universally hailed debut studio album with 2005’s The Documentary and a strong sophomore followup with 2006’s Doctor’s Advocate, Game didn’t really have much left to prove. And yet, the Compton rapper tasked himself to create a soundtrack for the African American struggle in the eyes of a nation going through recession.

Production credits on the album include Cool & Dre, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Nottz, Hi-Tek and more. Always one to be known for big guest stars, Game enlisted Lil Wayne, Chrisette Michele, Common, Ice Cube, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris, Nas, Ne-Yo, Raekwon and more for the 19-track offering. Songs like “Dope Boy,” “Game’s Pain” and “My Life” helped propel the album to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, moving almost 240,000 copies in the first week. The album was released in both a regular version and deluxe version with two different cover arts. The first cover art featured Game and his two sons on a couch while the second cover art shows Game alone on that same couch smoking a blunt.

Read More: Today in Hip-Hop: The Game Drops ‘LAX’ Album – XXL |

Young Thug Drops Trailer For “Jeffery” Album

Young Thug is gearing up to release his new album Jeffery this Friday (Aug. 26), and in preparation he drops a new trailer for the LP on his Instagram. You can watch it above.

In it, Thug’s getting questioned by a whole host of people, familiar and unfamiliar. They swear he’s Young Thug, but no, he says. “My name is Jeffery.”

The trailer is part of an ongoing effort to rebrand Thug as a new type of artist, one that’s distancing himself from the Slime Season era of his career. He talked to Travis Scott about it on last week’s episode of .wav radio.

Read More: Young Thug Drops Commercial for ‘Jeffery’ Album – XXL |

DJ Whoo Kid Announces NEW G-Unit Mixtape Coming Soon!!!


Fans of mid-2000s gangsta rap rejoice: A new G-Unit mixtape is dropping next week. DJ Whoo Kid, who was the group’s official DJ for several years during their ascent to national notoriety, said as much in a recent tweet.

Attached to Whoo Kid’s tweet is a clip of an unreleased Young Buck and Kidd Kidd song. As you probably could’ve guessed, the track sees the two rappers reflecting on their unwillingness to abandon the street life.

According to Whoo Kid, the project is titled The Lost Flash Drive, and Tony Yayo is the person most responsible for pushing its release. While Whoo Kid didn’t elaborate too much on the subject, the title points toward the project being comprised of older G-Unit songs that were found on a “lost flash drive.” We’ll probably be getting more info in the near future.

Read More: DJ Whoo Kid Teases New G-Unit Mixtape With Unreleased Material – XXL |

Russell Westbrook Raps Lil Uzi Vert “Do What I Want”

Just like the rest of us, Westbrook is ready for the weekend to start and he’s using Lil Uzi Vert’s banger “Do What I Want” to celebrate. The Oklahoma City Thunder player posted a video of himself rapping Uzi’s track in the car with the caption “Friday’s Mood #whynot” on Twitter today (Aug. 19).

This co-sign from Westbrook, one of the biggest names in the NBA, is just another notch on Uzi’s belt in terms of early career highlights. The 2016 XXL Freshman has been festival-hopping all season and last month, celebrated the crossover from Soundcloud sensation to certified radio artist with two songs on the Billboard Hot 100. “Money Longer” is currently at No. 68 while “You Was Right” lands at No.89.

Uzi’s success so far can be attributed to his rock-rap style. The “All My Chains” rapper told XXL that he could not pinpoint his influences during his interview at the Freshman cover shoot and basically thinks of himself as his own inspiration.

“One thing I could tell you is that I’m all over the place,” he explained. “I know about everything, like one of those guys. When you get to that point it’s kinda hard to say who you influenced by because it’s so many people and then you embody it, not embrace it, embody it until something that you turn into your own.”

Watch Westbrook rock out to Uzi in the 10-second clip.

Read More: Russell Westbrook Raps Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Do What I Want’ – XXL |

Rick Ross Surges Out Of His Slump Thanks To “Suicide Squad”

It took the combined powers of Jared Leto and Skrillex, but Rick Ross is back on the Billboard Hot 100.

Taken from the soundtrack to the summer blockbuster Suicide Squad, the Miami rapper’s ”Purple Lamborghini” climbed to #33 in its second week on the singles chart. Benefiting from the film’s success as well as EDM superstar Skrillex’s co-credit, his track leapt 57 places from last week’s debut position at #90.

“Purple Lamborghini” marks the Maybach Music Group boss’ first single to reach the upper third of the Hot 100 as a non-featured artist in more than five years. He last achieved such heights for one of his own tracks in January of 2011 when the Drake-assisted Teflon Don cut “Aston Martin Music” reached No. 30.

While none of his solo album tracks released since then have performed as well on the Hot 100, he’s fared better as a featured guest on other artists’ singles including Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” in 2011, Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” in 2013, and Chris Brown’s “New Flame” in 2014



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